On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Kelvin Cochran, a senior fellow and vice president at Alliance Defending Freedom, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss his book “Facing the Fire: The Faith That Brought America’s Fire Chief Through the Flames of Persecution.”
“Tolerance is no longer a two-way street in the United States of America,” Cochran said. “Our country has so many success stories on how when we embrace the diversity of our country, different religions, races and ethnicities, and even opinions, we can become great and do great things. And when we have differences of opinion, we begin to focus on the things that we have in common, so that we can use those strengths of commonality to be the nation and people that we believe that our country was created to be. That’s no longer the case. Cancel culture says that disagreements equate to hate and that if you disagree with what we believe as it relates to marriage and sexuality, you are utilizing hate speech. And if you hate, then you don’t have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
When he was terminated from his position as fire chief of the Atlanta Fire Department, Cochran said, he felt like he was going through a “fire” but his faith carried him through.
“Since God was with me through the fiery trials of childhood, through the fiery trials of my career, through the fiery trials with my family, and had shown himself as so faithful and strong, I was absolutely confident that God was with me at that moment,” Cochran said.